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It’s fitting that Oregon’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day. It’s the loveliest state we can imagine, and we’re glad to call her ours.

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Art is a refuge in our modern world. At its best it’s a transformative experience to take in the creative endeavor of another person, to clear your own mind and make room for another perspecti…

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A tip of the hat to the FFA funding bill, sponsored by Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove), that would add $1.4 million to pay for competitions, training and leadership courses and conventions. There’s…

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As the Oregon Legislature prepared to start work this week, its leaders were saying all the right things about working together, respecting rural Oregon and doing what was best for the state a…

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The state of Oregon must begin grappling with the lack of reliable emergency response in its wildest and most remote places.

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Atip of the hat to Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, for bringing a package of four wildfire bills to address problems and oversights in his expansive district.

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The world has changed since U.S. Rep. Greg Walden last held a public town hall in Oregon’s 2nd District. His world in particular.

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Questioning the fundamental usefulness of government is the backbone of some American political factions, notably including the now seldom-mentioned Tea Party. Most of these righteous skeptics…

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A recent report from the state Department of Environmental Quality about Oregon’s goals for recycling included bad news: The state is likely to fall short of its goals for recycling more than …

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A federal judge has dismissed a third lawsuit filed by an environmental group to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from shooting barred owls in an experimental attempt to boost numbers o…

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A tip of the hat to Debbie Pedro who has served Hermiston well as the chamber of commerce director for the past decade. She’s on to her next adventure and we wish her the best of luck.

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The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Sp…

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The Trump administration’s environmental policies are the ultimate screw-you moment for the youngest Americans, as well as for generations unborn. Following on the Environmental Protection Age…

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The U.S. Postal Service is an essential part of American life, and especially here in rural Oregon. Its financial troubles in the last decade, while understandable, are a serious concern and r…

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When it comes to speed limits, what difference does 5 miles per hour really make?

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A kick in the pants to the delay on the Interstate 82 bridge between Oregon and Washington, which means we have at least another four months (but we’ll bet even longer) of intermittent traffic…

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The Pendleton Round-Up has another record-setting year under its belt. More people attended the 2018 edition of the rodeo than any other in its long history, spending $1.3 million on tickets o…

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As President Donald Trump mulls his next choice for U.S. attorney general, we hope he chooses someone with a realistic view of legalized marijuana in Oregon and other states.

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Type fonts at newspapers come in all sorts of sizes, but in the old hot metal days the largest used to be a giant 72 point.

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Bumper stickers proclaim, “Kate Brown is not my governor.” T-shirts, magnets and decals declare, “Donald Trump is not my president.”

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Last month Senate and House conferees working on the 2018 Farm Bill failed to reach an agreement before the old farm bill expired and without Congress voting to extend it.